Bill Cobbs, Incredibly Prolific TV and Movie Actor, Dead at 90

Bill Cobbs, an actor who worked so steadily over decades that he was immediately recognizable to most TV- and movie viewers, died Tuesday at his home in California. He was 90.

Cobbs’ family announced the death on Facebook. “We are saddened to share the passing of Bill Cobbs. On Tuesday, June 25, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in California,” the post reads. “A beloved partner, big brother, uncle, surrogate parent, godfather and friend, Bill recently and happily celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by cherished loved ones. As a family we are comforted knowing Bill has found peace and eternal rest with his Heavenly Father. We ask for your prayers and encouragement during this time.”

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The actor’s 50-year career in television and films started in 1974, with the movie The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He appeared in nearly 200 projects, including short stints on shows like Good Times, Kate & Allie, Designing Women, ER, Northern Exposure, NYPD Blue, JAG, Army Wives, One Tree Hill, Greenleaf, The Carmichael Show, Dino Dana and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

He had a more extended presence on series like The Slap Maxwell Story, Homeroom, I’ll Fly Away, The Gregory Hines Show, The Others, The Michael Richards Show, The Drew Carey Show and Go On.

Cobbs won two Daytime Emmy Awards, both for his portrayal of Mr. Hendrickson on Prime Video’s Dino Dana.

Meanwhile, his film resume includes The People Under the Stairs, The Bodyguard, Demolition Man, That Thing You Do!, Night at the Museum and Oz the Great and Powerful.

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